Said Ketchman

Said Ketchman

Director of Engineering at The New York Times

 LinkedIn profile


6 Years


Manager of Managers

Management Experience


Hello! I’m Said Ketchman, an Engineering Director at The New York Times. I'm a big proponent of the balance of management, half of which is managing the work and the other half being managing your people. If you manage your people well, they'll take care of delivering the work required to add value as a team. I’m a MBA grad from Rutgers University, with a focus on Strategy & Leadership as a companion to my Computer Science background. I’m passionate about product and technology, but leadership development has been my focus for the past few years too. I enjoy writing and mentoring, and started my blog to share more of what I've learned over the years with others ( Hope to hear from you!

Sorry, I am not currently available for mentoring sessions.


Assuming the Worst: Why My Boss’ Critical Feedback Wasn’t What I Thought
6 December

Saïd felt vulnerable and unsure of his standing after receiving multiple negative feedback from his boss.

Internal Communication
Said Ketchman

Said Ketchman

Director of Engineering at The New York Times


Senior PHP Developer


Nov 2011 - May 2013

Web and applications development. • Extensive work with PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript/jQuery • CodeIgniter and Expression Engine • LAMP development • Social Networking API integration • Managing version control via Github

Interactive Developer

Phire Group

May 2008 - Nov 2011

• Lead the development of PHP websites and applications • Custom web applications and CMS solutions using CodeIgniter and Expression Engine • Extensive work with PHP, MySQL, JavaScript/jQuery, HTML, CSS, XML, RSS • MySQL database architecture • SEO, AdWords, and analytic • Client and staff application training

Web Developer

Calvandi Technology Services

Jan 2007 - Jan 2008

• Headed PHP based projects for a variety of clients • Worked with SMARTY template engine • Created templates in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript


Life for Relief and Development

Jun 2003 - Jun 2007

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